Victorian Volcanic Plains Conservation Management Network

Raising awareness of grasslands, seasonal wetlands, grassy woodlands & other ecosystems on the Victorian Volcanic Plains

Wetland Plant Identification Course

For anyone interested in wetland plant identification and ecology registrations are now open for the Wetland Plant Identification Course in October 2017.

The course will run over 3 days and participants can elect to do 1, 2 or all 3 days.

Each day will focus on a different wetland habitat and be timed to follow the wetting and drying of the stunning Reedy Lagoon at Gunbower Island or nearby wetland.


More information, the 2017 flyer, program and to view feedback from past participants here

You can go straight to the registration page here or previous wetland articles are here


A Bonanza of Brolgas

I thought you may like to see some photos of brolgas in a wetland near the Grampians. These were taken by an officer from the Game Authority, while on a water bird assessment in early March. Brolgas are listed as vulnerable under Victorian legislation. If you ever see a brolga you may like to add a record of your sighting onto the Atlas of Living Australia.



Reminder about community and volunteer action grants

Just a reminder about the  Community & Volunteer Action Grants funding that aims to support practical community efforts to deliver conservation projects on public and private land. There is still time to put in an application.

Grants between $5,000 and up to $50,000 will be provided to successful applicants to support communities in efforts to conserve their local biodiversity and threatened species. Closes 10/5/17

Funds will be directed towards practical activities that:

  • protect, improve and expand habitats for native flora and fauna
  • address threats to local biodiversity values
  • help communities better understand and manage their local native species and natural environments

Primary Teachers Professional Development Day

Ecolinc (Bacchus Marsh), located within a constructed indigenous grassy woodland landscape and wetland, is offering a Primary Teachers Professional Development Day on Friday 19th May. This opportunity is suited to both new and experienced primary teachers looking to enhance their teaching of STEM to make student experiences more fun and engaging. The keynote speaker is Barry Plant from Deakin University who will be speaking about ‘STEM skills and practices and how they relate to Primary Teaching & Learning’. Teachers are also able to select from and participate in a range of workshops throughout the day. For more information and registration, please go to this  link 

Sheep and native grassland management on the VVP

The Victorian Volcanic Plain Biosphere Committee is working towards establishing a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve over the Victorian Volcanic Plain bioregion in Victoria.

Here is an invitation to their field day at 10:00am to 3:00pm on Friday 12 May 2017. The number of attendees is limited to 30 and the event is aimed at farmers.

Our events are designed to raise the profile and appreciation of the critically endangered grasslands and grassy woodlands in the region. For our next event, we invite you to join us for a day on a working farm in the Western District of the Victorian Volcanic Plains.

Roger Bellchambers, grazier and farmer in Mt Mercer, has generously offered to show us his farm and talk about how he protects the large areas of native grassland and riparian vegetation on the Leigh River while making a living out of grazing sheep. Continue reading